Two CSD Students Receive Statewide Honor

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Dana Flowerday and Anna HardenberghTwo students in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders M.A. program have been selected to receive the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF) Scholarship.

Dana Flowerday and Anna Hardenbergh, who will both graduate in May, will be recognized at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) annual convention on Friday, March 28, in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"I am very honored that I was selected to receive this scholarship," Flowerday said. "This will help support me on my way to my career as a speech-language pathologist."

After they graduate, both Flowerday and Hardenbergh would like to work with the adult or geriatric population in either a rehabilitation-focused or health care setting.

"My education from Michigan State has prepared me incredibly well for my future career," Hardenbergh said. "Being out in the real world during my internships, in environments that I will potentially work in, has provided me with so much firsthand experience. Not only this, but the classes gave me information to put into action in each of my internships. I am truly grateful for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department at MSU."

As CSD graduate students, Flowerday and Hardenbergh each will complete four different internships before they graduate to expose them to various clientele receiving speech and language therapy.

Hardenbergh currently is finishing her last internship, which is at University Hospital in Ann Arbor in the Otolaryngology Department, where she is working with head and neck cancer patients. Flowerday also is completing her last internship, which is at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason, Mich., where she is working with adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

"I have loved all of my internship experiences and have grown as a professional throughout them," Flowerday said. "Each one has taught me something different as I have become more competent and confident. The education provided through my classes also has provided a very strong background that has allowed me to be successful in these placements."

One goal of the MSHF is to offer scholarship money to students of speech-language pathology and audiology in the state of Michigan. The MSHF is a charitable organization to benefit the next generation of speech, language and audiology professionals, current professionals of speech-language pathology and audiology, and individuals with communication disorders.

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